NaturallyCurly: How long have you been natural?

pRoy: I have been completely natural for over five years now! Wow! Is it terrible that I cannot remember the exact date? Like…will I be ostracized from the natural hair community? Yikes!

When did you start embracing your curls?

pRoy: I’d have to say, I fully started embracing my curls once I cut off all of my relaxed hair. I could see them, but I couldn’t see them until I big chopped. I knew I made the right decision when I wore a wash and go and I was rocking it with so much confidence. My curls were on POPPINGTON and my shrinkage was so real, but I didn’t even mind.

What's your daily hair routine?

pRoy: Moisture is my number one concern, so I make sure to spritz my hair with water daily no matter what style I’m rockin’. Locking in the moisture is also essential, so I coat my hands with whatever oil I’m rockin’ with at the moment and apply it to my strands to lock in the moisture.

What's your nighttime hair routine?

pRoy: If you had asked me this a few years back, I would say set my hair for a style and wear a satin bonnet to bed. I don’t know about everyone else, but I absolutely hate the ring around the forehead after wearing the bonnet. No matter where I was placing it before bed, it would always end up on my forehead front and center. So, now I use my handy pillow bonnet and/or satin pillowcase and pray for the best when I wake up. I let my curls run free! If I need to preserve a style by twisting it up at night, I twist it up and sleep without a bonnet. I may opt for a scarf just to hold objects in place such as rollers, bobby pins, globs of extra product that didn’t dry up before bed, etc.

What are your go-to styles?

pRoy: My go-to style is a twist out. When my sides were shaved it was anything to showcase my sides, but now that I am growing them out I try to blend my hair a little better. Regardless, my twist out covers the monstrosity that is growing back known as my sides, so it will remain my go-to style until further notice. But as you can see from my YouTube channel, I love to experiment with my hair so I’m open to rock anything cute!

What are your favorite products?

pRoy: I absolutely love Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner. It will forever be a staple. Other products that I really dig are Cantu Coconut Curling Cream, SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In (awesome refresher to use in place of water and smells like heaven), and good ol’ shea butter!

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What ingredients does your hair love?

pRoy: All things organic, especially flaxseed gel.

What ingredients does your hair hate?

pRoy: Just like my body doesn’t cooperate with certain foods, my hair doesn’t exactly cooperate with cones. I’m also lactose intolerant and will eat a bowl of ice cream, even though I know the repercussions of my actions. Likewise, I have used cones and just knew it wouldn’t be the best combo for me in the long run. Do I still use them? Yes, sometimes. But I’ve done better with noticing what I’m feeding my body and hair, so I stay away from them for the most part.

How have you tailored your regimen for your color-treated curls?

pRoy: Deep conditioning is a must! Making sure my hair is well conditioned keeps it from feeling like a Brillo Pad. I also understand the importance of an occasional protein treatment, so I may do that every two washes.

What inspired you to start a vlog?

pRoy: I started my vlog around the same time I started my blog because I understand that while some people can read directions and follow with pictures, there are others that have to see exactly what you are doing in order to grasp the concept. My vlog was simply a supplemental tool for my blog. Now I explore some of everything on my vlog so it has definitely evolved! I love the direction it is going!

How did you become a successful vlogger?

pRoy: Success and consistency go hand and hand so I will definitely say consistency. Also, finding your own voice and not being influenced by what others do or don’t do. We all have a different way of presenting similar information so showcasing your personal style is always important. Just remember these two words: consistency and authenticity.

What do you like most about vlogging?

pRoy: My favorite part is watching whatever idea I had in my head come into fruition. It isn’t just about raw footage. It’s about how I put it together to convey the message I want to put out there.  It’s a form of art, and creative pRoy gets a kick out it for sure.

What do you want to do beyond YouTube?

pRoy: In life, I know my calling is to promote positive change in people by empowering them to embrace who they are, flaws and all, and inspire them to become a better version of themselves because when you love who you are, you can accept and love others for who they are!  Public speaking, writing another book, and other ideas associated with this stance are in the works! Stay tuned! Find your voice. Don’t be intimidated by others and be consistent! Just like everyday you want to be a better person than the day before, you want next video to be better than your last.

Do you have any advice for new natural hair vloggers?

pRoy: Find your voice. Don’t be intimidated by others and be consistent! Just like everyday you want to be a better person than the day before, you want next video to be better than your last.

Oh, and you can have the fanciest camera and editing software, but if you don’t know how to use them then what use is that?  Learn your mediums of communication and that only comes with practicing and perfecting your craft. Don’t be afraid to be a lifelong learner. You won’t have all of the answers, but the answers that you seek are somewhere out there. When in doubt, Google it.

What is your number one piece of advice for women with curly hair?

pRoy: Whether you have big ringlets, loose waves, or perfect coils, they are yours and no one can take that from you. Love what you’ve got and rock them with the utmost confidence! We are different for a reason.

You can find pRoy online here:

Steelfeatherlaceelephant, YouTube & Instagram